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May 2008 Feingold Email Newsletter
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Dear Feingold Association Members & Friends,
- What you said about baby powder & lotions
- Ebay: 1979 Feingold Cookbook for sale
- BMJ editorial & our response
- Fleas and Autism?
- Aspartame sues Wal-Mart
- NC Conference reminder
- GoodSearch update and reminder
[ ] WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT BABY POWDER & LOTIONS
Last month we discussed the problem of phthalates in baby powders and lotions. I asked for feedback, and many of you sent me terrific ideas. In order to do these ideas justice, I will put them in their own enewsletter in the next few days.
[ ] EBAY: FEINGOLD COOKBOOK FOR SALE
I have happened to find a copy of Dr. Feingold's Cookbook for Hyperactive Children for sale on Ebay. This book is out of print, and the information about the diet is obsolete. Also, some of the brand names mentioned are no longer available or no longer acceptable. That said, it is a great cookbook and I still use mine once in a while. If you want to bid on it, go to Ebay and do a search for "feingold cookbook" - the price is currently $0.99 ... and by the way, there is another one for sale as a "buy it now" for $118.92 - yikes! When published, in 1979, this book cost about $6.00
[ ] BMJ EDITORIAL & OUR RESPONSE
This past week, the British Medical Journal ran an editorial by Andrew Kemp, Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Children' Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
He discussed the results of the recent study in which normal children showed hyperactive symptoms upon exposure to food dyes. He discusses the position of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) panel, and points out that while both drugs and dietary modification are supported by several trials, behavioral therapy does not. He says that considering diet "alternative" is incorrect, since recent meta-analysis has also shown that eliminating colorings and preservatives provides a statistically significant benefit. He concludes by recommending that "an appropriately supervised and evaluated trial of eliminating colourings and preservatives should be part of standard treatment for individual children." See the editorial.
The BMJ allows what they call "Rapid Responses" which are letters to the editor that they publish within 24 hours. See them all (including ours) - ours is the one called "View from the eye of the storm."
[ ] FLEAS AND AUTISM?
Now that the warm weather is here, we want to keep our pets and our houses free of creepy crawly, flying, and biting insects. However, it seems there are dangers lurking in the flea dips, according to Russell Olinsky, an environmental specialist. First the good news: You can get good information on how to kill the pests without killing yourself at The Best Control.
Next the warning: It may be a good idea not to handle insecticides without the protection of gloves and a mask, or not to allow yourself to be exposed to them at all, if you are pregnant, plan to get pregnant, or are nursing.
Could insecticides in pet shampoos trigger autism spectrum disorders? That's the suggestion of one of the first large-scale population-based studies to look how environmental factors and their interactions with genes contribute to the condition. More . . .
An interesting point not covered in the article, however, is whether the insecticides in pet shampoos harm the pet. Has there been any increase in pets with autism-like symptoms, or any other nervous-system disorders? After all, they are exposed most directly and most thoroughly to these chemicals. Do we have a veterinarian in the audience? Let us hear from you.
[ ] ASPARTAME SUES WALMART
In the UK, the Wal-Mart-owned supermarket chain Asda has explicitly named aspartame in a list of "nasties" it has set about removing from it's "Good for You" range of foods. In response, the Japanese company that makes aspartame, Ajinomoto, is suing Asda for suggesting that aspartame is unhealthy. An Ajinomoto spokesperson called the Asda ban a "cynical initiative." What they intended by that is anybody's guess, the the Asda spokesperson responded with "We have removed some of the ingredients our customers tell us they donít want in their food. That includes aspartame." Good for them! More. . .
Well, if we in America would like some of that people-power, let's take our cue from the British and let Wal-Mart know what we think. You can use the feedback form. Don't forget to praise them for their British initiative.
[ ] NC CONFERENCE REMINDER
The Great Plains Laboratory is sponsoring a mini-conference in Charlotte, NC, June 28th entitled "Treatments & Therapies That Make A Difference."
See the flyer.
[ ] GOODSEARCH UPDATE AND REMINDER
We thank all those of you who have been doing your searches through GoodSearch - for every search you make, we get 1 cent, and you have helped raise $94.35 for the Feingold Association so far! But I know we can do better than that if each of you would take just a moment to attach the Goodsearch search to your toolbar and designate the Feingold Association as your charity. Just go to GoodSearch.com, click on "Add GoodSearch to your IE, Firefox or Mac toolbar" and follow the directions. If you have any problem getting it set up (I did), then call them at 877-466-3004 and they are very helpful.